"The inspiration for the new design came from thinking about a sleeker, leaner, tougher Iron Man. If technology is increasingly getting smaller and lighter it seems like the Iron Man should do the same: ergonomic and aerodynamic. We were looking for something that felt as sleek and glossy as a sports car Tony Stark would covet. I love what we've come up with. It feels like the next evolutionary step in the Iron Man's design." - Matt Fraction
Friday, January 8, 2010
Marvel unveiled the new Iron Man armour set to be unveiled in Invincible Iron Man #25. Marvel credited series writer, Matt Fraction, and Ryan Meinerding, a designer from the Iron Man and Thor movies, as the minds behind the new look. Some more info and some thoughts after the jump.
My initial thoughts are that I like it. It is, as Fraction puts it, sleeker looking and has an Apple-like shiny quality to it that has become associated with new, cutting edge technology. However, the more I look at the armour, the less I like it. Something just keeps nagging at me.
At first I thought it might be the Extremis Iron Man helmet slapped on a Ezekiel Stane's armour and given a new paint job look that was throwing me for a loop.
There's also the complete lack of function to this armour. The Extremis armour looked modern, too, and, most importantly, functional. This armour doesn't really have any visible joints. It's just a mock-up, but take a look at one of Adi Granov's designs for Extremis and note how damn functional it looks. There's actual joints and you can visualize the armour actually being real and something that you could use. The new one, at least for now, looks like he's a statue that could never move out of that pose.
However, the thing that really bugs me with the armour is the lights. He's a goddamn walking spotlight. Here's an animated gif of how this thing will look in action:
Click to make with the shiny!
In all seriousness, lose all the lights except the center chest and on top of the hands and adjust the headpiece so it doesn't look like someone photoshopped the Extremis helmet onto this new suit and this is a snazzy upgrade for the Iron Man armour. What do you think?